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A lower house is one of two "chambers of a "bicameral "legislature, the other chamber being the "upper house.[1]

Despite its official position "below" the upper house, in many legislatures worldwide, the lower house has come to wield more power. A legislature composed of only one house is described as "unicameral.


Common attributes[edit]

In comparison with the upper house, lower houses frequently display certain characteristics.

Status of lower house

Titles of lower houses[edit]

Common names[edit]

Dáil Éireann, Republic of Ireland

Many lower houses are named in the following manner: House/Chamber of Representatives/the People/Commons/Deputies.

Unique Names[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bicameralism (1997) by George Tsebelis.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-03-02.  External link in |title= ("help)
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